Projects at think[box]

Email your project to thinkbox@case.edu to be included on this web page.

Binary Wind Turbine January 27, 2016

This patent-pending innovation in wind turbine technology involves two counter-rotating turbines connected through a novel drive train system. In this drive train, an "off the shelf" alternator is used to generate electricity, with one turbine used in the traditional manner to spin the alternator rotor while the second and counter-rotating turbine is used to spin the alternator stator by spinning the housing of the alternator. Testing data boasts a dramatic 30-35% increase in power output compared to traditional turbine arrangements, and decreases start-up wind speed to as low as 1 meter/second.

Contact:

Calvin Boyle - calvin.boyle@case.edu

 
"Team Cleveland" Cybathlon Entry December 30, 2015

Advancements in implants are allowing individuals with paraplegia from spinal cord injuries to pedal recumbent trikes over ground with their otherwise paralyzed legs. This entry to the "Cybathlon" 2016 competition in Zurich, Switzerland utilizes an instrumented recumbent trike that senses crank angle and controls a surgically implanted neural stimulator to activate the appropriate muscles to propel the cycle forward.

Read more here:

http://spectrum.ieee.org/video/biomedical/bionics/paraplegic-man-trains-for-the-cyborg-olympics

Contact:

teamCLE@aptcenter.org

 
Jaswig December 15, 2015

This locally-made adjustable-height stand-up desk, prototyped in think[box], is being used in homes, offices, and schools around the world. Stand-up desks are shown in educational settings to improve focus and cultivate a dynamic learning environment with improved teacher-student engagement. The company co-founders include Mathias Ellegiers, an alumnus of the CWRU MEM (Master of Engineering and Management) program.

Contact:

Tyler Schimmoeller - tyler@jaswig.com

Edge-lit Mural at Facing History New Tech High November 30, 2015

Progressive Arts Alliance collaborated with Facing History New Tech High to create the LED edge-lit Mural.  The FHNT students selected images and rendered the images using Adobe Photoshop.  The images where then laser etched onto plexiglass and put into edge-lit wooden frames. The frames were made by PAA artist-educator Ben Horvat and Ainsley Buckner at think[box].

Contact:

Ainsley Buckner - ainsley@paalive.org
Ben Horvat - b3nhorvat@gmail.com

Krishna Sculpture November 2, 2015

The government of Cambodia returned a sculptural fragment after 3D scans show it fits Cleveland Museum of Art's Krishna. This collaboration between the Cleveland Museum of Art and think[box] involved a multi-day 3D scan of the museum's Krishna sculpture, followed by painstaking work aligning a scan of the fragment with the scan of the sculpture to see if the section in Cambodia belonged to the museum's monumental sixth-century stone carving of Krishna.

Read more here.

Project Members:
Sonya Quintanilla, CMA
Colleen Snyder, CMA
Benjamin Guengerich, think[box]
Marcus Brathwaite, think[box]

Bone Quality Predictor October 19, 2015

PhD Candidate Mustafa Unal in Dr. Akkus' Case Orthopaedic Bioengineering Laboratories won a Baxter Young Investigator award for his work on this Bone Hydration Detector, supported in part by the think[box] Student Project Fund. 

Traditional Raman spectroscopy offers a non-destructive way to measure chemical composition of various biological minerals and compounds, however protein-related background fluorescence makes it difficult to detect water content in biological tissues. A novel improvement to Raman spectroscopy has made it possible to detect water content in bone - and to uniquely measure different bound water components and freely flowing water. This novel measurement of hydration status was then used to predict bone quality.

Contact:

Mustafa Unal - mxu30@case.edu
 

Baymax Buddies October 14, 2015

Baymax buddies are pairable teddy bears, able to close the distance between two people without the need for verbal communication. When one bear is hugged, a suite of analog sensors alerts the arduino, which sends a Wi-Fi message to the other bear and that bear will vibrate and vice versa. That way, no matter how far two people are, they can hug the other.

The sensor suite was made from scratch, with each sensor being developed to be soft as to not compromise the huggability of the toy, rather than stock metal sensors. They are comprised mainly of a material called velostat, a pressure sensitive conductive sheet made of polymeric foil impregnated with carbon black.

Watch video here

Contact:

Xyla Foxlin - xrf@case.edu
Harshita Gupta

Lexus Heartbeat Car September 16, 2015

Using electronics prototyped in think[box], this Lexus car uses Lumilor electroluminescent paint to turn the heartbeat of the driver into a light show.

lumilor.com

Process August 7, 2015

Irina Spicaka of Latvia, a CEC Artslink fellow and SWAP resident with SPACES initiated this 3D projection mapped art installation while presenting a workshop with partner Krisjanis Rijnieks introducing the basics of projection mapping. This series could only be held at universities with the fabrication facilities to build the forms on-site. By utilizing think[box] this presentation could be held here in Cleveland. Both Irina and Krisjanis are members of Creative Coding for Live Audio and Visuals (CC4AV), an organization hosting events and workshops for software, hardware, video, and audio development.

Contact:

http://irina.spicaka.info/

 

Vertical Axis Wind Turbine July 22, 2015

You can see this vertical axis wind turbine in action at the Case Western Reserve University Squire Valleevue Farm where it powers lighting and data acquisition systems that allow oyster mushrooms to be grown year-round. Cost, location, and performance were carefully considered in the deisgn process to reduce dependence on grid-fed, non-renewable energy during operation. The Bingham Shop and staff aided in the machining and fabrication of the finished product.

Contact:

Kelly Hacker - kah134@case.edu
Matthew Patten - mtp31@case.edu